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Vacancy summary

Royal Air Force
OR-4 - LH/LR - Cpl

28/02/2024, 23:55 

June 2024
5 Years
Royal Air Force
TG4 - Information and Communications Technology, Cyberspace
Information and Communications Technology Technician
RAF Spadeadam
United Kingdom
FTRS - Limited Commitment

Vacancy detail

A vacancy has arisen for a Corporal (TG4/ICT Tech) to serve as JNCO working on SA8 Gecko at RAF Spadeadam on Full Time Reserve Service (Limited Commitment) Terms and Conditions of Service (TCoS), with an initial proposed start date of 03 June 2024 (or earlier, subject to candidate status)

The successful candidate will supervise a small team that operate and maintain the mobile tactical ex-NVA (National Volks Army) SA8 surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, providing aircrews with valuable Electronic Warfare Training. The SA8 comprises of a Command Vehicle that supports a retractable pedestal providing search, track and command radar. Both SA-8 are low altitude defence systems.

Primary responsibilities for the role include:

  • Ensure all scheduled and unscheduled maintenance tasks are recorded on the relevant documentation in accordance with RAF Engineering Policy (AP100B-01) The Manual of Airworthiness Maintenance – Processes (MAM-P) and the SA8 Technical Publication (AP 215M-1004-8(R)1).
  • Ensure that quality procedures, specifically tool control are adhered to by the section and visiting personnel.
  • Ensure the section logbook is maintained daily.
  • Ensure the Engineering Status Board and Performance Indicator (PI) Statistics are updated daily, and the Monthly Engineering Report is completed and returned to Engineering Standards.
  • Operate the SA8 threat system in accordance with Spadeadam Ops directives and Electronic Warfare Threat System (EWTR) Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Adopt correct supervision and discipline of junior personnel within the section and area of responsibility.
  • Carry out any secondary/additional duties as directed by SNCO GAFE SA8.
  • Must either have been, or currently be, a Corporal (ICT Tech) or an Air Specialist (Class 1)/SAC (ICT Tech) eligible for promotion in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 2 Leaflet 560 and AP 3376 Vol 1. All Promotions will be ratified by means of a Promotion Board. If an applicant has been out of full-time military service and is applying for a post on promotion, they will also need to send their civilian appraisals or equivalent to evidence recent skills, knowledge and experience to be considered by the Promotion Board.
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A Selection Board will carry out a rigorous selection process for this post, based principally on an applicant’s last 3 appraisal reports as required.  Enquiries concerning this vacancy should be made to:

Name: Flt Lt Henderson

Tel: 0300 151 3866


Applications.  Candidate applications, with a maximum 2-page CV (to include copies of last 3 appraisal reports as required) should be sent to:

Flt Lt Henderson JENGO Aggressor Squadron, RAF Spadeadam, GILSLAND, Cumbria CA8 7AT

The closing date for applications is 28 February 2024 and interviews (unless prom board required) will take place week commencing 11 March 2024.

Unless already enlisted in the Reserve Air Forces the successful applicant will be required to be enlisted in the Royal Air Force Reserves with a liability for call-out for permanent service.

The appointment is on Full Time Reserve Service (Limited Commitment) TCoS in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 Part 1 and AP3392 Vol 7 Part 3 Chapter 2 for an initial period of 5 years.

Confirmation of appointment will depend on successful completion of a RAF Medical Board.  Personnel who do not meet the Age/Permanent Joint Medical Employment Standard (PJMES) may apply for the appointment but will only be considered subject to an executive waiver process on a case-by-case basis.

Regular Service Applicants.  Personnel currently serving in the Regular Royal Air Force should be mindful of the current Early Termination Minimum Waiting Time (MWT) for their respective Rank, Profession and ensure this MWT is compatible with the post sponsor’s proposed start date, prior to applying.

Admin Discharge. Ex-service candidates who have been administratively discharged through the KR1027 process will have their applications rejected as they are not eligible to join the RAF Reserves in accordance with AP 3391.

Pension Issues.  Personnel who qualify for a service pension should take financial advice from Defence Business Services (DBS) Pensions Department on the effect that undertaking reserve service has on their pension (details can be found on the JPA splash screen). Additional guidance can also be found at and MMP116 - Re-employment. Of particular note is reference to the ‘Effect of Re-employment’ on Commutation and, for those leaving on a ‘preserved’ pension, the Resettlement Grant.

Transition between TCoS.  Personnel taking this appointment from other TCoS should consider the impact on any accrued entitlements, such as leave, resettlement etc and should seek specialist guidance where required as certain entitlements are TCoS specific and may not be retained or transferred on transition between TCoS. 

Flexible Working Arrangements. In accordance with the Flexible Working (FW) Policy, Reserve personnel can request FW arrangements with their line manager.  Any immediate FW requirements should be agreed with the line management at the interview stage.

Individual Reinforcement Training (IRT) (Module 1) and RAF Fitness Test (RAFFT).  Reserve personnel are required to maintain currency in IRT and the RAFFT iaw the relevant TCoS.  The successful applicant will be expected to undertake IRT and the RAFFT within 6 months of commencing employment (if required).

Annual Salary and Leave.  Pay will be in accordance with the pay scales published for the reserve air forces.  Leave entitlement is detailed in JSP 760.

Accommodation. Personnel serving on FTRS(LC/HC)/ADC TCoS are eligible to occupy Single Living Accommodation (SLA) if available, at entitled rates, if serving within the Air Command TLB.

This opportunity is closed to applications.